American Dialects: A Manual for Actors, Directors, and by Lewis Herman

By Lewis Herman

This commonplace textual content, now in paperback for the 1st time-- the significant other quantity to Foreign Dialects-- American Dialects deals consultant dialects of each significant element of the USA. In each one case, a common description and heritage of the dialect is given, through an research of vowel and consonant peculiarities, of its person lilt and rhythm, and of its grammar diversifications. There also are lists of the idioms and idiomatic expressions that distinguish every one dialect and workouts utilizing them. American Dialects additionally contains musical inflection charts and diagrams exhibiting the situation of lips, tongue, and breath.

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The actor should learn to recognize this sound if he uses it. He should notice its unobtrusive production so that when he finds its use pointed out in a particular instance in a certain dialect, he will be able to give this sound a normal and natural interpretation. The American variety of glottal stop should not be as rich or full or strong as the Scottish type. This page intentionally left blank CHAPTER TWO The New England Dialect C ontrary to popular belief, the New England dialect is not spoken throughout the New England area.

W-When unstressed, or part of the suffix "ward;' the sound of "w" may be dropped, as in "THAoot" (without), "AHliz" (always), or ''AHkUHd'' (awkward). WH-New Englanders, with the exception of many of the people of Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts, commonly pronounce the initial "wh" sound as "w;' as in "wEHn" (when) or "wAN' (where). People in Boston and Cambridge usually say "hwEHn" (when), and so forth. GRAMMAR CHANGES This section treats the New England dialect spoken, in the main, by rural folk with little education.

This does not mean that only two dialects are spoken by the inhabitants of this section of the country. The New Haven, Connecticut, dialect, for example, has many variances from the Boston type of New England dialect, as has Rhode Island. Fairfield County, in southwestern Connecticut, is so close to New York City and the Hudson Valley that it has taken on much of their dialects and has even retained elements of the New Amsterdam Dutch. Certain districts in Maine 26 American Dialects know nothing of the New England dialect spoken by people in adjacent states.

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